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#2088 of 6385 Trustworthy Ford Explorer service shop in Chicago area
Sep 04, 2003 (5:27 pm)
I just move to Mount Prospect (Chicago Northwest suburb), IL. I have a 1999 Explorer XLT (35,000 miles). I have been taking good care of it. The Explorer recently developed some clinking noise that come and goes; so far it has been more annoyance than driving issue. I want to avoid "overprice and lousy" dealer service if possible (I had my share of similar experiences that IDNTNVU went through). Can anyone suggest a trust worthy and competent "non-dealer" service shop that specialized on Explorer in the area? Thanks a bunch!
#2089 of 6385 Recall Number 03S04
Sep 05, 2003 (7:57 am)
This recall is 1998-2000 Explorer and Mountaineer
Reads: A bolt that attaches the seat recliner
mechanism to the driver seat back frame on your
vehicle may fracture. If this condition were to occur, you may experience looseness or noise in the seat. In extreme cases the seat back may recline until it makes contact with an object behind the seat or second row cushion. This could potentially cause you to lose contact with the steering wheel or foot pedals, possibly resulting in a crash.
This was sent to me the first week in Sept. 2003.
#2090 of 6385 Oil Fortifier
Sep 05, 2003 (8:02 am)
Does anybody know what Fortifier the The quality
care people use when they change the oil??
Sep 05, 2003 (3:30 pm)
What's a fortifier??
#2092 of 6385 Ford Explorer ---huge problem
Sep 07, 2003 (1:14 pm)
We recently had flooding in our area. We tried driving through some water but the engine just shut down on us half way through. When we had it towed in the service dept. explained that it didn't matter how much water we tried to drive through, you could drive through 3" and have this problem. The air intake is located so low in the Ford SUV's that it "sucks in" all the water and locks up the engine, therefore causing it to be replaced. This is with the 2000-2001-2002 trucks. They have a "design flaw" and Ford manufacturers will not admit this. Ford will NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY and WILL NOT RECALL the vehicles. Our insurance company is stuck taking the fall. WE WILL NOT keep our Explorer after this. Not only will we take a loss in cost since we won't get much out of selling it, but we will also have to take time out to find a new vehicle. I feel very strongly about the Toyota 4-Runners and Highlanders. Great consumer ratings, fuel efficiency, etc.
Sep 07, 2003 (2:44 pm)
I think your first mistake was driving through the water. Otherwise any vehicle out there will suck in water in that situation. I really don't think this is Fords fault, as it would take well over 3 inches for water to get sucked in to the Explorer's intake. It would probably take closer to three feet. I must say this is a first (someone blaming Ford for a waterlogged engine) , and that I sure am glad to hear your insurance is going to cover the engine replacement.
Sep 07, 2003 (3:35 pm)
I agree. I've driven my Explorers, 94, 97, 98 & 2002 through lakes, and never locked up the engine, so something is fishy here. And 3 inches of water? Pullleese!!!! Also, the 00 and 01 truck is completely different than the 02, so what's with grouping this "defect" in 00 through 02? Go sell this yarn somewhere else pal, it ain't flying here. Enjoy your Toyodas.
#2095 of 6385 Hey, get the Jeep Cherokee
Sep 08, 2003 (7:01 am)
I saw an ad on TV that showed you could drive it under water to help cute girls cross a river. Come to think of it, wasn't an Explorer swimming with the sharks in another. Admit it, you just were trying to be Macho Boy and did something stupid. I bet the last words out of your mouth before it lockd up were the perverbial, "Hey, watch this."
Sep 08, 2003 (2:30 pm)
This is great....Blame Ford for a stupid error on your part. I've also heard that SUBMARINES work well in deep water. I'm not so sure that Ford sells one however!!! Check E-Bay
#2097 of 6385 flashing 4wd/2wd lights on dashboard
Sep 09, 2003 (5:25 am)
My father has a 2000 explorer and recently the lights on the dashboard are flashing 4wd and 2wd simultaneously. The dealer wants $75 just to look at the car and more to fix it. Does anyone have any idea as to what the problem is and if so how to fix it.